USA takes commanding lead into final round of World Junior Girls Championship
September 30, 2014
Markham, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Team USA continues to dominate the 15 country field of competitors at the World Junior Girls Golf Championship after firing a team-total score of 7-under par 137 to increase their lead to 16 shots heading into the final round of the inaugural event at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course) in Markham, Ont.
After starting the day with a comfortable 12-shot lead, Team USA (137-141-137—415) continued their sizzling play on Tuesday and with only 18 holes to play, look poised to claim the championship team title on Wednesday at Angus Glen.
Mika Liu (70-69-67—206) continued to lead the way for the Americans shooting 5-under 67 Tuesday and pairing with teammate Megan Khang (67-73-70—210) to count a team score of 7-under 137 to lead the host Canadian team by 16 shots heading into Wednesday’ final round.
“You know what, I am just so proud of these kids – it’s shaping up really well,” said Team USA non-playing captain Courtney Myhrum. “This is a marathon, this format – everybody has to play well, you can’t just have one superstar on your team. This kid (Mika), is unbelievable, they all are. I think we have a 16 stroke lead going into the final round and it’s a nice place to be.”
Liu, 15, tied the low round of the tournament with her 5-under 67 that included six birdies and a single bogey under breezy overcast conditions at Angus Glen. The young American standout set out Tuesday to improve on her 69 a day earlier and did just that.
“Today, I improved on what I practiced yesterday. I hit the fairways I missed yesterday, I hit greens, and just had many more opportunities for birdies, and I did make more,” said Liu, currently the no. 48 ranked player on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. I only made one bogey today, so that was very helpful. I will continue to work on my swing, and I will focus mainly on putting again – both on the short putts and long ones for speed. Mentally, I will still be the same as during the practice round. I will play my game, talk to my teammates, talk to the other players and enjoy my time out there.”
Khang (16), carded three birdies and a single bogey for a third-round, 2-under 70 as the second USA score to count while 15-year old teammate Angel Yin (73-72-73—218) shot a non-counting 1-over 73 to round out the USA team scores.
Team Canada (144-146-141—431), had their best team score of the tournament, shooting 3-under on the day. Naomi Ko (17) of Victoria (77-79-70—226) shot her best round of the tournament, 2-under 70, to lead the way for Canada who head into Wednesday’s final round two shots up on Team Denmark (149-143-141—433) for second spot in the team competition.
Brooke Henderson (17) of Smiths Falls, Ont. (70-73-71—214) counted a score of 1-under 71 for Canada while teammate Grace St. Germain (16) of Ottawa (74-73-78—225) rounding out the Canadian scores with a 6-over 78.
Besides Team USA, Canada and Denmark holding down the top three positions, Spain is alone in fourth at 3-over for the tournament (147-146-142—435) with Italy (147-145-146—438) and Sweden (150-144-144—438) tied for fifth at 6-over.
Canada’s second team in the competition comprised of Jaclyn Lee (17) of Calgary (72-77-75—224), Selena Costabile (16) of Thornhill, Ont. (78-74-74—226) and Alisha Lau (14) of Richmond, B.C. (83-80-75—238) shot a team-total, 5-over 149 (150-151-149—450) are in 13th position at 18-over through 54 holes.
With her third-round 67, Mika Liu (70-69-67—206) continues to top the individual leader boad at 10-under par, four shots better than her USA teammate Megan Khang (67-73-70—210). Canada’s Brooke Henderson (70-73-71—214) is alone in third at 2-under for the tournament while Denmark’s Line Hansen (76-67-72—215) and Hana Ryskova of the Czech Republic (74-71-70—215) are tied for fourth at 1-under.
The following are third-round team scores from the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course / par 72 / 6,298 yards):
1. United States of America – Megan Khang, Angel Yin, Mika Liu *137-141-137-415 -17
2. Canada 1 – Brooke Henderson, Naomi Ko, Grace St-Germain *144-146-141-431 -1
3. Denmark – Puk Thomsen, Line Hansen, Marie Lund-Hansen *149-143-141-433 +1
4. Spain – Nuria Iturrios Servera, Alejandra Pasarin Olalla, Ana Pelaez Trivino *147-146-142-435 +3
5. Sweden – Emma Svensson, Filippa Mork, Michaela Finn *150-144-144-438 +6
5. Italy – Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Martina Flori, Carlotta Ricolfi *147-145-146-438 +6
7. Czech Republic – Kristýna Frýdlová, Karolína Kohoutová, Hana Ryškova *153-143-143-439 +7
8. England – India Clyburn, Alice Hewson, Inci Mehmet *148-149-143-440 +8
9. Belgium – Diane Baillieux, Clarisse Louis, Elodie Van Dievoet *150-145-146-441 +9
10. Australia – Hannah Green, Karis Davidson, Soo Jin (Jenny) Lee *154-145-144-443 +11
11. Ireland – Mary Doyle, Olivia Mehaffey, Annabel Wilson *155-140-149-444 +12
12. Finland – Anna Backman, Ellinoora Moisio, Sandra Salonen *145-149-152-446 +14
13. Canada 2 – Jaclyn Lee, Selena Costabile, Alisha Lau *150-151-149-450 +18
14. Mexico – Isabella Fierro, Maria Fassi, Monica Dibildox Hassaf *151-154-147-452 +20
15. Norway – Sandra Nordaas, Dorthea Charlotte Forbrigd, Renate Grimstad *151-153-149-453 +21
16. New Zealand – Alanna Campbell, Julianne Alvarez, Wenyung Keh *156-147-157-460 +28
The following are third-round individual scores from the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course / par 72 / 6,298 yards):
1. Mika Liu, United States of America, *70-69-67-206 -10
2. Megan Khang, United States of America, *67-73-70-210 -6
3. Brooke Henderson, Canada 1, *70-73-71-214 -2
4. Hana Ryškova, Czech Republic, *74-71-70-215 -1
4. Line Hansen, Denmark, *76-67-72-215 -1
6. Anna Backman, Finland, *71-73-73-217 +1
6. Ana Pelaez Trivino, Spain, *73-73-71-217 +1
8. Olivia Mehaffey, Ireland, *77-67-74-218 +2
8. Puk Thomsen, Denmark, *73-76-69-218 +2
8. Emma Svensson, Sweden, *76-70-72-218 +2
8. Angel Yin, United States of America, *73-72-73-218 +2
12. Alice Hewson, England, *78-73-68-219 +3
12. Alejandra Pasarin Olalla, Spain, *74-74-71-219 +3
14. Hannah Green, Australia, *78-72-70-220 +4
14. Michaela Finn, Sweden, *74-74-72-220 +4
16. Martina Flori, Italy, *76-70-75-221 +5
17. Diane Baillieux, Belgium, *76-76-70-222 +6
18. Clarisse Louis, Belgium, *74-73-76-223 +7
18. Carlotta Ricolfi, Italy, *74-75-74-223 +7
20. Kristýna Frýdlová, Czech Republic, *79-72-73-224 +8
20. India Clyburn, England, *72-77-75-224 +8
20. Jaclyn Lee, Canada 2, *72-77-75-224 +8
23. Elodie Van Dievoet, Belgium, *77-72-76-225 +9
23. Renate Grimstad, Norway, *78-73-74-225 +9
23. Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Italy, *73-80-72-225 +9
23. Grace St-Germain, Canada 1, *74-73-78-225 +9
27. Mary Doyle, Ireland, *78-73-75-226 +10
27. Selena Costabile, Canada 2, *78-74-74-226 +10
27. Naomi Ko, Canada 1, *77-79-70-226 +10
30. Soo Jin (Jenny) Lee, Australia, *77-77-74-228 +12
30. Karis Davidson, Australia, *77-73-78-228 +12
32. Inci Mehmet, England, *76-76-78-230 +14
32. Wenyung Keh, New Zealand, *76-75-79-230 +14
32. Isabella Fierro, Mexico, *76-78-76-230 +14
32. Sandra Nordaas, Norway, *73-80-77-230 +14
36. Alanna Campbell, New Zealand, *80-72-79-231 +15
37. Filippa Mork, Sweden, *81-75-77-233 +17
37. Maria Fassi, Mexico, *75-87-71-233 +17
39. Annabel Wilson, Ireland, *82-76-76-234 +18
40. Sandra Salonen, Finland, *74-82-79-235 +19
40. Nuria Iturrios Servera, Spain, *81-73-81-235 +19
42. Monica Dibildox Hassaf, Mexico, *84-76-76-236 +20
43. Ellinoora Moisio, Finland, *82-76-79-237 +21
43. Julianne Alvarez, New Zealand, *80-79-78-237 +21
45. Alisha Lau, Canada 2, *83-80-75-238 +22
46. Marie Lund-Hansen, Denmark, *79-80-83-242 +26
46. Dorthea Charlotte Forbrigd, Norway, *84-83-75-242 +26
48. Karolína Kohoutová, Czech Republic, *86-98-85-269 +53
NOTES FROM ROUND 3:
- Angus Glen’s 18th hole – a 380-yard par 4 – played as the most difficult hole Tuesday, with players averaging nearly 3/4 (0.7) of a stroke above par (4.7).
- The 485-yard, par 5, 16th hole played as the easiest hole on Tuesday, -0.57 strokes below par.
- Team USA’s Mika Liu leads the field in birdies with 14 through 54 holes including 6 today.
- Tuesday’s low round of 5-under 67 was recorded by leader Mika Liu of the USA.
- Tuesday’s third-round scoring included 4 eagles; 125 birdies; 539 pars; 152 bogies; 33 double bogies; and 11 other scores.
- The average third-round score among the 48 competitors was 74.41, down from the second-round scoring average of 75.25.
- Weather in Markham, Ont. today: High of 19°, low of 16° (Celsius). Light rain, overcast with winds gusting up to 17 km/h.
- Angus Glen Golf Club is hosting the World Junior Girls Golf Championship as a test event for the 2015 golf competition of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games will run July 10-26, 2015 with the golf competition running July 16-19, 2015.
- Spectator admission as well as parking at Angus Glen Golf Club is free all week
TRANSCRIPTS & PHOTOS:
- Audio and video transcripts from the World Junior Girls Golf Championship are available online.
- Photo galleries from the World Junior Girls World Championship are also available online.
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The inaugural World Junior Girls Golf Championship – contested on the South Course at Angus Glen Golf Club – is conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with the Golf Association of Ontario. The championship features three-player teams of athletes under the age of 19 representing 15 countries. As host country, Canada will field two teams in the competition.
The 16-team field will compete over 72 holes for both individual and team honours. The event – which is supported by the International Golf Federation, received grant funding by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Other funding partners include the Golf Canada Foundation (Women’s Golf Fund) and the R&A as well as Central Counties. Funding was also provided from the Federal and Provincial governments in preparation for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
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